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Automotive Innovation Forum 2016

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Design and manufacture best-in-class cars and equipment with tools designed for automotive manufacturers and automotive suppliers

Workflow for automotive design and manufacturing


Cope with increasing time and quality pressures, help avoid costly late charges, and manage external processes using car design software that has the tools you need. Use visualization and plastic part simulation to drive better design decisions upfront and throughout your projects.



  • Concept design

    Better communicate and review your ideas and concepts in the early phases of the car design process with developed 2D sketches and 3D virtual models.

    Create, visualize, and modify your concepts faster, and reduce the need for physical clay models with rapid, virtual clay modeling.

    Improve collaboration among your team and make decisions faster with the ability to visualize and review 3D designs in real time.

    Improve process efficiency when you develop concepts and sketches, design surfaces, and visualize concepts using 2D sketches or 3D animation tools.

  • Design & styling

    Move faster from modeling to decision making with efficient surface design, visualization, and 3D concept development.

    Speed up decision making, iterate faster and more easily with the ability to quickly set up alternatives and scenes, and review detailed virtual designs.

    Meet early demands with the ability to produce movie-quality, production-ready CGI and videos.

  • Technical surfacing

    Speed up the process of technical surface development and create production-ready surfaces from the design model that are ready for hand-off to engineering.

    Better judge perceived quality without a physical model with the ability to review texture, color and trim, character lines, highlights, and illumination on your surfaces and designs.

  • Sales and marketing, POS

    Get movie-quality, production-ready CGI and videos for reuse in marketing.

    Efficiently generate CGI from real-time visualization, and explore modifications like additional colors or alternative geometrics during the product lifecycle.

  • Product engineering

    Become more efficient with design accelerators like frame and shaft generators, along with modules for sheet metal and plastic part design.

    Easily set up and manage workgroup data, secure design data, and increase efficiency with multisite collaboration and access to enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems.

    Easily use real-time visualization for engineering reviews such as perceived quality, light design, and gap analysis.

  • Product simulation

    Reduce costly tool changes with earlier understanding of plastic part behavior, including fill time predictions and surface defect alerts.

    Reduce iteration cycles and predict alternative behavior to enable early changes in designs with upfront flow analysis.

    Understand behavior and performance better and make earlier changes with upfront simulation of electromechanical or mechanical designs.

    Use real-time visualization for simulation result reviews such as plastic parts quality and better visual review of CFD simulation results.

    Set up and securely manage workgroup and simulation data with multisite collaboration and access to ERP systems.

  • Production equipment design

    Reduce costly prototypes with Digital Prototyping design of production equipment, and depend on routed systems for reliable designs.

    Increase efficiency with built-in productivity tools and 2D design tools developed for mechanical design.

    Design and maintain electrical wire diagrams for production equipment machinery in an efficient toolset that includes libraries and electrical logic.

    Reduce iterations and costly tool changes with early prediction of production parameters such as fill times, and issues such as surface defects.

    Increase efficiency with easy-to-set-up workgroup data management and multisite collaboration and access to ERP systems.

    Set up PLM backbone to manage the processes in production equipment design, such as quality management and supplier collaboration.

  • Factory planning

    Automatically transfer 2D layouts to 3D visual layouts and use 3D layout tools with an extensive library and asset ecosystem via asset warehouse.

    Design a building in 3D, and use a centralized information system for the entire process, from planning to building operation.

    Easily set up and securely manage workgroup data management with multisite collaboration and access to ERP systems.

    Easily set up PLM backbone to manage the processes in production planning, factory installation, project management, and external supplier collaboration.

  • Documentation

    Easily use tools for efficient development of 2D drawing-based documentation.

All products for automotive

Autodesk Building Design Suite integrated building design software

Building Design Suite
Integrated building design software featuring BIM and CAD tools.

Autodesk Alias industrial design software products

Industrial design tools for conceptual design and surface modeling.

VRED 3D design rendering software

Mockup 360
A real-time collaboration and digital design mockup tool.

Autodesk Vault data management software

Data management software for organizing, managing, and tracking data.

Autodesk Factory Design Suite integrated factory layout software

Factory Design Suite
Integrated 3D factory layout software for design and visualization.

Autodesk PLM 360 cloud-based PLM alternative

Fusion Lifecycle
Cloud-based alternative to traditional product lifecycle management solutions.

Autodesk Simulation CFD software for fluid flow and thermal simulations

Software simulation tools for mobile, desktop, and cloud use.


Autodesk Product Design Suite integrated product design software

Product Design Suite
3D design, visualization, and simulation tools for product creation.

Autodesk Inventor Publisher technical documentation software

Inventor Publisher
Technical documentation software for creating 2D and 3D documentation.

VRED 3D design rendering software

Photorealistic 3D design rendering software.

Industry trends and topics

Support for lightweight design and material substitution

Designing automobiles with greater fuel efficiency and a reduced CO2 footprint is a priority for automotive manufacturers. Autodesk provides tools that support material substitution and help you simulate and optimize lightweight plastic parts. Stay in compliance with regulations and environmental standards with vehicle design software that helps you stay one step ahead.

Tools that help you meet your sustainability goals

Sustainability is an important factor in automobile manufacturing today. To help you meet your sustainability goals, Autodesk provides tools for upfront factory optimization, factory flow analysis, and workplace light simulation. Help reduce energy costs and water consumption, and help provide a better working environment for your team.
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What customers are saying

Products they used

Aston Martin

See how celebrated British car company Aston Martin streamlined its in-house design process with Alias industrial design software.

 Aston Martin customer story

Tesla Motors

This automotive manufacturer met timelines with quality designs using Autodesk car design software. The team created models using Alias industrial design software for visualization and prototyping, smoothing the journey to 3D models.

 Tesla Motors customer story

Primera Plastics

This automotive manufacturer used Autodesk® Simulation Moldflow® software to produce more accurate quotes. Creating quality injection mold designs prior to manufacturing improved quality and aesthetics for the product.

 Primera Plastics customer story

Mitsubishi Motors

This automotive manufacturer was able to swiftly determine the difference between 2D and 3D layouts and display large-scale assembly models, allowing the company to stake out a strong competitive position in the marketplace.

 Mitsubishi Motors customer story